#321

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It’s getting late, but I wanted her to have at least some clothing before I showed you. Headless is fine, but naked!
I started this yesterday, but I’ve had the idea for a while now. This is (meant to be) a character from World of Warcraft, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner. A hunter, a Queen, an undead banshee, leader of the Forsaken with an awesome attitude. Even before I played WoW, I liked her, and her story. This inspired me to make a statuette in her honour. I’m having a bit of difficulty with her face, but I always struggle with little clay faces, and I haven’t been working on it long. I made a couple of hands, but I’m unsure whether they’ll be the ones I attach, or just trials. I mixed up the poses with the wrong hand, so the upper hand, which might be holding an arrow fits on the lower hand. The other hand, meaning to hold her bow would be attached to the top hand, which is a strange place to hold a bow. They aren’t finalised, so I might tweak them. Maybe I’ll bake them anyway and use them for another statue. I also made a hand using wire, but the fingers turned out so chubby, and the clay was so thin that the wire showed in places.
One thing different this time, using polymer clay, is that I found out you can use baby oil to condition the clay to be softer. This works great and makes it more pliable and easier to blend in patches. Smaller details are still easier with the thicker clay, and I like the firmness of the super sculpey, but mine was starting to get cracking and hard to work with. This would be useful for filling moulds, if your clay was too stiff.
My hands are dry from the clay already, and sore from too much kneading, but once a lump of clay is done, it stays soft  for a while. I’ll see if I can tackle the face tomorrow. I’m not doing her whole head yet, as she’ll have a hood on, and you won’t see the back of the head or joins, and it makes it easier to sculpt flat on a board than holding the head in mid air and squishing it all the time. Something I’m trailing anyway. I want to get this right, and not give up, or rush it… Too much.

#320

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This isn’t what it looks like, it’s just gluing paper to each other using containers as moulds. Ok, you got me it is paper mache, again. It’s an illness, that’s easy on the hands, mostly.
I finally cleared a small space on my crafting table (by mostly moving things to the pile on the left side of the room,) so I did a little bit of crafting. I didn’t even know what to do, so I put on the creativity Ted talks playlist (watch this one, is so good) and cleaned out a drawer. I was going to do some colouring, but all my pencils and markers were set up on the couch, so instead, I felt like gluing and gesso-ing, so I put the kettle on (I was tired and needed caffeine to at least stay awake until nap time) and got changed out of my outside clothes. (I’m such a dork, that all sounds like I’m five. Except the coffee.)
Later on (after nap and din-din) I decided to do some colouring, which I decided to do in graphite (nothing to do with being too lazy to get my pencils, at all.) I wanted to do different media to colour in the book, so I’ve started one page in marker, and want to do other pages in Biro, coloured pens, paint etc. Also in different brands of coloured pencils. Graphite drawing is my most favourite and comfortable art out of all the types. I was rarely seen in late highschool without a book and pencil, and I drew every night. Before I knew it, I was rather good at drawing. I still have a long way to go, and can’t always draw everyday, but I do what I can, when I can. So today, that was colouring a portion of a page. This would be a great exercise if you want to practice shading. Imagine depth, height, light, shadows, reflected light and shape, as it can all be shown with shading. This is easier to learn in gray scale, than in colour, but then, I have trouble putting colour into pictures, and it all looks like monochrome sections. As I said, I have a long way to go.

#319

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Today I tried English paper piecing. I saw a few pictures on Pinterest on how to do it, so I hand stitched a few hexagons together. It’s not as hard as it looks, but I’m not sure I’ll have the patience to make a quilt big enough for our bed. I stopped at a coaster sized patch of seven squares. This is when I sorted the hexagons, I had cut out, and decided that I need to manage the colours, otherwise I’d run out of yellows and have a bunch of pinks left at the end. I might have to pick up a few colours next pay day.
I had to go out today, leaving my sewing at home. I went to the dentist and I browsed the shops with my parents. My mum bought me two crafting magazines, on the proviso that I make something for her with them. One had a lovely Japanese style stamp set and the other had a multiple box scoring board. The lines are very confusing, all overlapping and shapes inbetween, so I’ll have to decode it before I can use it properly.
Other than this, I picked up some cute cat stickers (cat butts in one of them so funny), and some cheap geometric rubber stamps.
This week, I’m going to attempt to get at the craft room. Over the weekend I piled all of the craft supplies that had accumulated around the computer and TV, back into the room. I love my craft room, even piled high with mess and unfinished projects with nowhere to sit, walking in there relaxes me, and I often find excuses to go in there. It’s like my refuge or sanctuary. It’s mine and buzzing full of creativity. Like seeing your bed after a long day, nothing matters in this place.
But I really should clean it.

#318

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It was decided of a committee of one that I needed to make more headbands. Once the motion was passed, these two were created. The one with the stars was made, because I bought some scrap squares and glitter tulle in various colours. The squares are great for making bows, so I picked out a pattern and began hand stitching one. I was watching movies while I made them, so I couldn’t use my sewing machine. The glitter in the tulle got absolutely everywhere. Maybe spraying it with some sort of fixative or hair spray would help keep some on the fabric. I used the green one on this, that’s why I matched it with the headband and ribbon, but it’s hard to tell in the photo.
The other came about while I was looking for the green ribbon to match the tulle. I found some lace in my ribbon/lace/elastic/twine/raffia box. I thought I picked up the same ribbon, but it was the same colour, in two different widths. This made it better, as I could vary the flower sizes.
I should make a butterfly themed headband to go with my new scarf. I love butterflies.